We’re going into Round 2 of our Zombie Voting! For our 25th book club we’re giving all the books we didn’t pick another chance and we’ve shaved it down to 8 options. In the next few weeks we’ll dwindle this down to 4, so we’ll have a great book to read in December. Make sure you vote on the books you want to give another chance so we can make our 25th book club the best it can be. To help you decide we’re sharing some Goodreads 5 & 1 star reviews about the books.
Our second bracket sees Jenni Fagan’s The Panopticon facing off against Nell Zink’s The Wallcreeper This might just become a very bloody battle…
★★★★★ by Melanie
An intense and heart-wrenching story about a girl buried deep in the care-home system in Scotland. It’s shocking, raw and still humourous at times. The scottish slang (and wit), teenage violence, drugs and hallucinations, life in the system for the damaged, the broken-down and the abandonned, it’s all here. And it feels so real. Like a good punch in your stomach. I loved it.
I read the summary on this book and thought — I’m in! I like gritty novels as well as the next person but this book is dark and I don’t mean kinda dark, I mean lose the will to live dark. I’m no prude but I really hate the “C” word and, boy, did the author love to use that term ad nauseam. Yes, I gutted it out and finished the book but it was a huge relief when it was finally done. It was a brutal story, with no hope or redeeming characters and sadly, had a totally give-up ending. Really?? For those who loved watching “Requiem for a Dream” (another beat down) multiple times, I say go for it. For everyone else who doesn’t want to be depressed beyond belief, I say skip it.
★★★★★ by Jenna Evans
Wow, this is one weird, fucked-up, compelling, funny, angry, sexy, twisted, intellectual little book. I don’t know how she managed to get it published in today’s world — it’s so offbeat and unclassifiable — but I’m excited that she did. I couldn’t really put it down. Really interested to see what Zink does next, too.
★☆☆☆☆ by Curren
I hated this book almost as much as I hated “The Catcher in the Rye”. It was trying to be edgy or modern or something, but all it did was give me a headache. I guess one big problem I had was the lackadaisical sleeping around that occurred…which bothered me more because it showed an overall lack of respect for oneself and others rather than the moral implications. Mostly I just couldn’t stand the narcissistic attitude of the character Stephen. He treated his wife like an item on his bucket list, which was infuriating and preferred to dictate his life choices to her instead of communicating like a normal person. I’ll be honest in that I read the first half of the book, skimmed the middle and read the end. Thank goodness it was short or I wouldn’t have even done that. Overall it was a waste of time my my life might actually be worse for having read this. Don’t bother with it…unless you want to feel “artsy” and hang around with people who would be impressed by this kind of thing.
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